Snaring Coyotes

snaring coyotes

Snaring Coyotes has become very popular in recent years, mainly due to the fact they are reducing turkey populations at an alarming rate. Many cities are now seeing urban coyote problems and loss of pets due to these opportunistic predators.

Snaring coyotes is the easiest and least expensive way to manage coyote populations. The average cost of a dozen snares is around $25 whereas a dozen traps will cost around $125 to $200 depending on the brand. Saring is a much more cost effective method.

Coyote Snares to Consider

When considering the best snare, you need to understand the different type of snares. Each type will have its benefits and drawbacks but either will work find, it is more of a preference as to which you will use for snaring coyotes.

7 x 7 Cable Configuration

The 7×7 3/32 diameter cable is simply 7 strands of wire wound into one and then 7 of those strands, each of seven strands within are wound together to create a total of 49 strands of wire.

This is the most chew proof type of cable but it is somewhat flimsy and hard to form a circle loop. The loop of the 7×7 tends to be teardrop in shape but this can be overcome in many ways.

To overcome the teardrop loop, we often use a simple inexpensive method. Simply use thread tied onto the snare then anchored onto a tree limb, branch or a stick drove into the ground. Breaking point of this cable is around 980 lbs.

1 x 19 Cable Configuration

When snaring for coyote, the 1×19 3/32 diameter configuration offers a stiffer cable thus forming a loop easier so you can set and forget. This configuration is 19 individual strands all wrapped into one single strand of cable.

Setting the 1×19 cable will be much easier for beginners due to the ease of forming a loop but this cable tends to break easier when twisted and or chewed. This cable has a breaking point of around 1200 lbs.

Snaring Locations

This section will deal with finding locations for your sets. Since setting snares can be a bit tricky we will add a video for the in depth instructions.

When looking for a spot its obvious you need to find trails in which coyote travel. These will be along field edges, in ravines and most important containing cover. Coyote do not like to travel out in the open.

Look for scat and recent kills. If you find these then you have a good spot for snaring coyotes. We have found that near ponds is a good place to look. Coyote feed on nearly anything and frogs are included. In addition they will find many other prey near the water and will readily take those.

Fences are ideal spots for snaring coyotes. Look for the trail and evidence of hair at the fence crawl. Fence crawls are ideal because once the coyote commits to going under the fence, he is most likely not going to back out.

Snaring Choke Points

Choke points, commonly called funnels are another ideal spot for snaring coyotes. These are point where the animal is forced to go in a specific direction. This can be brush, intersecting fences or other debris.

All animals will take the path of least resistance. Use this to your advantage. On trails, pick locations where there is heavy brush or rocks to the side. If there is none you can create obstacles.

When creating obstacles make it look natural, like a fallen tree. Coyotes are smart and will avoid anything that looks suspicious and un-natural. Stick to natural present obstacles as much as you can.

If you do build a choke point, again make it look natural, cut brush tops and position them to look like a natural fallen object. Coyote may avoid this spot for a while so be patient.

Use of Lures & Baits

When snaring coyotes, if you can appeal to a coyotes inquisitive nature and his belly at the same time you will hang him. The use of lures and baits should not be underestimated. 

Keep it simple, focus on things they naturally look for such as mice, fermented egg, chicken etc. When considering lures don’t rule out coyote and fox urine. we will explain why in a moment.

We keep it simple, catching mice, freeze them and then use them on sets as you need them. If you really like to be grossed out you can grind them up, add some Propylene Glycol and you have mouse juice.

If you would rather skip the making of lures and just buy an inexpensive lure you can get them right here at Snare Trap Survive.

So as you can see, snaring coyotes is not as difficult as you think as far as the logic goes but you still need to learn exactly how to set those snares. We will cover that in an upcoming article and link that here soon.